Postgraduate taught 

Children's Literature & Literacies MEd

Texts For Diversity: Children's Literature for a Diverse World EDUC5386

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide students with an overview of current theories of cultural and critical literacy and how they impact on the selection and analysis of international children's literature texts for culturally and linguistically diverse groups of children.


Blended Learning: Face to face sessions, online learning and tutorial.


1. Students will curate and present a set of diverse texts, creating a public asset (website, blog, podcast, instagram page) to showcase the curation. They will submit a short multimodal text that overviews the content of the public asset. - 25% (LO 1-4)

2. Students will develop a 2750-word outline and rationale for a socially relevant initiative that makes use of the texts they curated for part one - 75% (LO 1, 2, 4)

Course Aims

Examine in detail a range of international texts that illustrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of literature for children.


Demonstrate awareness of theories of cultural literacy, critical literacy and children's literature that can illuminate concepts of diversity and inclusion.


Embedded within this course will be opportunities to:


Consider a range of pedagogical strategies appropriate for accessing and using children's literature and media in diverse classrooms.


Critically analyse a range of diverse international texts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how theories of cultural literacy, critical literacy and children's literature can illuminate concepts of diversity and inclusion.


LO2 Apply knowledge in order to critically examine a range of international texts that illustrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of texts for children.


LO3 Critically evaluate and reflect upon diverse classroom pedagogies used to facilitate children's responses to diverse texts.


LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of and concern for the local and global dimensions that impact on children in relation to issues of cultural diversity, inclusion and social justice through a variety of different media including children's literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.